Netnayahu Accuses Rivals of Relying on Arab Votes

Saturday, 23 February, 2019 - 07:45
Tel Aviv - Nazir Majali

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Benny Gantz saying that he is leading a left-wing alliance that relies on Arab parties and seeks to destroy the Jewish state.

Netanyahu went on the offensive after Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid’s parties united to form the Blue and White Party, accusing them of endangering Israel’s security and economic success.

"A government like this will destroy our economy. Sooner or later, probably sooner, they will establish a Palestinian state... that will endanger our existence,” he said.

“We have been in this picture twice before with generals on the Left who dress up as Right and talk about unity, but want left-wing policies,” he added.

“In 1992 we got Yitzhak Rabin and the Oslo disaster, and in 1999 we got Ehud Barak and the Intifada, with exploding buses and over a thousand killed,” Netanyahu continued.

"They say the country is in a bad condition," he said, "it's never been in a better condition."

Further, Israel's Central Elections Commission has announced that the number of parties competing in forthcoming Kenneset elections (Israeli parliament) reached an unprecedented record that is 47 partied compared to 28 in the year 2015 -- the parties are competing over 120 seats.

Surveys show that Blue and White would win 35-36 seats in the elections, ahead of Likud that would get up to 25-30.

This year’s elections seems to witness one of the fiercest battles in the history of Israel, not only because Netanyahu wants to win prime ministry but also because he wishes to evade prison for corruption charges.

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